Democracy and Education: The Inaugural Theme

In conjunction with the inauguration of Cristle Collins Judd as its 11th president, Sarah Lawrence College is launching a yearlong series of events exploring the theme “Democracy and Education.” The series will engage critical issues facing the US and other societies around the world: What are the essential elements of a “democracy”? Who gets to be a “citizen” and why? How do we learn to speak to one another across deep ideological divides? How do we ensure broad access to learning that promotes individual and societal well-being in the context of rapid, often unpredictable change? And what is the role that education—and higher education, in particular—must play?

Sarah Lawrence College has a history of confronting difficult issues that challenge our society as a whole. John Dewey’s landmark book from 1916, Democracy and Education, serves as our catalyst to ask: What does “democracy and education” mean in 2017? This series of inaugural events serves as an invitation to the Sarah Lawrence community, to those in higher education, and to engaged individuals everywhere to join the conversation.